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|Well said, Felicity
Written by Cathy Allen
(10/11/2010 4:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Since we are bashing Henry, I would like to add this..., penned by Felicity
I do kind of think, however, that where Sir Thomas is coming from is that he never even considered that a man of means, like Henry Crawford, would be interested in Fanny, of all people. I think Sir Thomas considers her to be like a mouse: something to be politely ignored, or gotten rid of.
To have HC offer for her is beyond his wildest dreams for her, and it has replaced any common sense (such as what you've written) completely. He simply can't believe her good fortune in being asked, or believe that she could possibly reject such a magnificent (to his mind) offer! He's not able to make room in his mind for both common sense, and good fortune.
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